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4 Ways to Nail School Picture Day

The school year is underway. New haircuts and freshly pressed clothes fill the halls. It must be time again for picture day!

Closed eyes, forced smile, squinty face — these are all familiar photography faux pas. Your child’s “say cheese” can be accident-free with a little coaching and a pinch of prep:

• KEEP OUTFITS SIMPLE.

Picture day ensembles should be comfy, simple, and of course something they love. Light colors favor darker complexions while dark colors favor lighter complexions. Try to keep patterns to a minimum. And pack an extra outfit in case of a (clothing) emergency.

• PACK “SAFE” LUNCHES.

Picture day times can be unpredictable. Time slots may fall after lunchtime — pack a meal that’s tooth-healthy and mess-free.

• PREP, DON’T POSE!

It’s difficult to smile on command, especially for kids. Take some practice snapshots at home. Don’t force stiff, unnatural poses. Give kids posture freedom and their smile will be picture-perfect.

• EMBRACE THE IMPERFECTIONS.

Did the Tooth Fairy visit your house over the summer? Whether it’s a toothless grin or a mouth full of metal, encourage children to embrace their smile style. After all, it’s what makes them unique!

Now that your family is picture day-prepared, get ready to pick those perfect proofs. It’s time for school snapshots to shine!

What is your most memorable picture day moment? Entertain us below!